Picking an office security system isn’t as easy as picking the most expensive or cheapest. What’s most important is the type of security involved.
Your first thought might be to simply install a few sensors and cameras, but that may not be enough. In fact, the best security system involves a security company with trained guards.
While you don’t have to use on-site security guards, you do need more than cameras to make your office more secure.
Go Beyond Costs
The first thing to remember is to never base your office security system choice on cost alone. It might seem like the higher the price, the better the security, but that’s not true. Of course, if the price is too good to be true, it probably is.
Consider other factors, such as reputation, security measures used and customer service outside of price. Yes, having a system that’s budget friendly is important, but you don’t want to pay too much for the wrong system or pay too little and end up wasting money on a system that doesn’t protect your office at all.
Look For Clear Camera Systems
With employees accounting for 35% of inventory shrink in businesses, you need clear camera systems to see what’s going on. It’s one of the reasons offices often put up dummy cameras or extremely cheap, low-quality cameras.
The only problem with this approach is when something actually does happen, the security footage either doesn’t exist or it’s so fuzzy that you don’t have any proof. Any office security system should have high-quality footage so it’s easy to see what’s going on and to have irrefutable proof should something occur.
Include Remote Monitoring
If you want something that goes beyond a basic alarm system and security cameras, you need an office security system that includes remote monitoring. This means your cameras aren’t just mindlessly recording activity. There is an actual person or people watching those cameras in real-time.
If they spot something suspicious, they’re able to contact someone at the office immediately. Imagine a disgruntled ex-employee trying to break-in a back door, but the cops arrive before anything can happen. All of this because someone noticed the activity on the cameras and called the police.
Consider Mixing With On-Site Monitoring
If you have a busy office environment, a great addition to any office security system is an on-site guard. This keeps someone in the office at all times and they can even keep a check on areas where security cameras might not be allowed for legal reasons.
For instance, if someone is monitoring your system remotely and sees someone suspicious run to the bathroom, an on-site guard could check on the situation, even when the cameras can’t. Another benefit is having someone who can keep an eye outside the office as well, such as the parking lot.
The more extra eyes you have watching after your office and employees, the more secure everyone is.
Ensure Clear Communication Channels
An office security system without good customer service is useless. You need a system that offers fast technical support. If the service includes remote monitoring and/or on-site security, you’ll want to be able to easily communicate with the security professionals whenever you have concerns.
Make sure it’s easy to contact the security company 24/7. There should also be multiple contact methods, such as phone, text and even live chat.
Keep Security Going 24/7
It might seem more cost effective to only have your office security system active during office hours or just after hours, especially with remote monitoring. Security incidents happen 24/7, not just during specific time frames. For optimal security, ensure your system is keeping your office more secure at all hours, even when no one is in the office.
For optimal security, ensure your system is keeping your office more secure at all hours, even when no one is in the office. This is where remote monitoring becomes even more important. You’ll have real-time protection that can get the right authorities on the scene before an alarm system is actually triggered. The faster the response time, the less likely your office is to suffer any losses or damages.
Contact BOS Security
Interested in learning more about the importance of on-site guards and remote monitoring as part of your office security system? Give our friendly team a call today at 404-793-6965.
You can also try our free Security Needs Assessment to better understand your office’s vulnerabilities.
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